Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Seven great quotes

1. Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.

2. That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.

3. Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.

4. Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life — except religion.

5. The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.

6. The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.

7. Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.




  1. #1 von Drawing Warrior am 16. Dezember 2012 - 13:54

    Ein wirklich großer Mann, der sich nicht zu schade war, seine Meinung zu revidieren, wenn er eines Besseren belehrt wurde.
    Wer jemals das Video von seiner Water-Boarding-Erfahrung gesehen hat, weiss wovon ich schreibe.
    Er war ein strikter Befürworter dieser „Befragungsmethode“, bis er sich entschloss, sich selber ein Bild zu machen.
    Danach nannte er es Folter.

  2. #2 von HAL am 16. Dezember 2012 - 19:23

    Ist ja eigentlich ungerecht das Arschkrampen wie Ratzinger und Frau Bahr noch leben und Hitch tot ist, selbst ein Atheist kann sich im Augenblick eine höhere Gerechtigkeit wünschen.